ROSWELL, Ga. — A high school in Georgia is facing criticism after a photograph was texted to a local TV station that appeared to show a student performing a controversial hazing act in a locker room.
According to CBS46, a photograph was texted to the station that appeared to show the student a eating a pickle off of a fellow soccer player’s bottom.
CBS46 reports the photo was taken from a locker room at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia.
“Whoa, that’s pretty gross,” Ira Gorelick, a parent at the school, told the station. “It’s critical for kids, especially at this age, to know where the lines are drawn and this crosses the line.”
Gorelick told CBS46 that soccer players at the school usually shave their head before the first game of the season. But after one student declined to take part, he said, that player was forced to undergo hazing.
CBS46 reported the school district suspended the team for four games. A spokeswoman for the school released a statement to the station, which read,
“The district took this very seriously. It may have been a joke for the teenagers, but we expect our students to make better decisions. The hope is that the students learn from the situation and make better decisions in the future.”
“That’s abuse, that’s assault, that’s that boy’s body,” said another parent, Carol Ryczek, according to CBS46. “No way should we tolerate that as a school, a neighborhood, a culture, a state, a nation.”
Another parent at the school, in an interview with the station, deemed the act “intolerable.”
CBS46 reported the school said it had disciplined all students involved in some way, but did not release details on how due to the students’ privacy.